moderated Re: Computers for the Blind

David Diamond

There is also something which is a broad topic, the age of entitlement.  Some do want the latest and greatest.  I’m not one of them, I just want it to meet what Brian outlined in his earlier message.  I don’t want to start supper, sit down to eat it and then put the dishes to wash before my refurbished computer boots up.  Alright, I know I’m being melodramatic here.  But, you still get my point.  Once I literally had to wait 10 minutes for the computer to boot up.  I thought that was normal. 


From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: July 6, 2021 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind


If someone is buying one of these on their own, and they simply cannot save up for a good new machine; they serve a small market and if pressed, they will fix them when they show up in poor shape; like a laptop with a dead/dying battery.

But, what is truly sad, is that with Vocational Rehabilitation funds getting tighter and tighter, some agencies have started buying clients one of those computers instead of a new machine with a  warranty for at least 3 years, so the person can be functional for a long time.




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On Jul 6, 2021, at 1:14 PM, David Diamond <Daviddiamond2019@...> wrote:

Years ago, I got a refurbished lap top and it too was slower then molasses in January.  I put in a SSD and the loading speed tripled. It turned out that it was originally a windows 7 that had been upgraded to 10.  Now, it is so old, HP does not even carry some of the drivers needed to fix it. I naturally don't expect the latest and greatest, however, it would have been nice If I did not have to wait minutes, 5 or more for it to load up. Sometimes I think these agencies that donate computers, just do it for 2 reasons, no one wants them, or they are on their last legs and the company wants to claim it as a charitable donation for tax purposes. When the real truth is they can't be sold and it is the old, "shut up and just be happy with what you got.  What do you expect! Attitude.  I remember a while back a person fixed lap tops and was selling them for $3 or $400.  Big problem was there was no display on the screen.  For the sighted, very important. He lamented that no one was purchasing them. I was given one of them and it died with no chance of resurrecting it or  repairing it  within 6 months of receiving it. Another one, the mother board was shot not to mention the battery lasted for 10 minutes on a full charge.  It was suggested it was cheaper just to get a new one.           

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Les Kriegler
Sent: July 6, 2021 1:20 AM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind

Hi Michael,
While I have not ordered a machine from this company, I was assisting someone who received a unit. The problem she encountered was that it took several minutes for her machine to start up. She was with Voc Rehab and I think they contacted the company to resolve the issue.


On Jul 6, 2021, at 2:32 AM, Michael Walker <michael.walker199014@...> wrote:




Have any of you ever ordered a laptop from Computers for the Blind? What did you think of the results? Was the computer in good condition? I understand that these computers are refurbished.


Thank you,






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